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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson congratulates Somali President Mohamed
    09 february 2017 11:31:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has congratulated Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and commended former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his service to the nation and for gracefully accepting Wednesday's election outcome. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condoles DRC on Tshisekedi's passing
    02 february 2017 16:32:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Thursday expressed her “deep sadness” following the death of Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, leader of Union for Democracy and Social Progress Party (UDPS) of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Mauritius: AU renews support to Mauritius on Chagos Archipelago
    31 january 2017 18:54:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the African Union on Tuesday adopted a resolution renewing the support of the Continent to Mauritius on the Chagos Archipelago in its dispute with the UK, PANA learnt from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commissioners sworn in
    31 january 2017 16:47:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit ended on Tuesday with the swearing in of the newly elected Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad and the Deputy Chairperson, Thomas Quartey Kwesi, a veteran Ghanaian diplomat. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Morocco makes pledge to bolster bilateral ties after AU re-admission
    31 january 2017 16:06:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Morocco has pledged to avail its vast mineral resources to the benefit of African countries and announced it would immediately embark on signing bilateral agreements with members of the African Union (AU) to improve investments and trade. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU appoints Uganda’s Museveni to lead US-EU immigration talks
    31 january 2017 15:17:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit closed its two days of intensive talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday with the appointment of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni as its negotiator for immigration reforms, an endorsement to deal with the refugee challenges in Europe and US. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit lays ground for greater action on youth
    31 january 2017 15:05:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has laid the ground for greater efforts to deal with youth unemployment and plans to appoint a special envoy for youth affairs this year to champion progress in the field, through initiatives that would lead to more jobs and better lives. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit approves Libya peace plan, calls for new unity government
    31 january 2017 14:59:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit has unveiled a new peace roadmap for Libya and called for the formation of a new Presidential Council, which would form a new unity government.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit approves new measures to fight terrorism
    31 january 2017 12:05:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 28th African Union Summit has approved a Special Fund to combat terrorism, with a renewed focus on eradicating the scourge of terror attacks by Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a senior official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling ANC condemns Morocco's readmission to the AU
    31 january 2017 10:53:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African national Congress on Tuesday expressed its regret at the African Union’s decision to re-admit Morocco into the regional bloc. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit told to consider US President Trump refugee ban
    31 january 2017 07:28:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been asked to consider a reaction to US President Donald Trump’s order to suspend the refugee status of several African immigrants, which has seen the deportation of dozens of Africans. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit readmits Morocco, Saharawi celebrates (Eds: Adds details)
    30 january 2017 18:28:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit took a decision on Monday to readmit Morocco as its 55th member state in a decision hailed by the Saharawi Arab Republic as a major step towards finalising the decades-long dispute over the occupation of the Western Sahara.Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: AU readmits Morocco
    30 january 2017 17:24:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit took a decision on Monday to readmit Morocco as a member state at a Summit in the Ethiopian capital, despite concerns by some members. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana's fight against malaria impresses AU
    30 january 2017 17:10:17
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s progress toward a malaria-free nation has been applauded by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), an organ of the Africa Union. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit gives rousing welcome to new UN Secretary-General
    30 january 2017 17:04:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Heads of State Assembly gave a rousing welcome to the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, describing him as a “man of action” and expressed hope his leadership would facilitate the AU’s request for a permanent Security Council seat. Full text...

  • Kenya: Chadian Foreign Minister elected new AU Chairperson
    30 january 2017 16:58:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chadian foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected the new Chairperson of the AU Commission on Monday during the 28th ordinary session of the AU Summit, after a landmark seventh round vote, officials said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Gambia's power transfer dominates AU Summit opening session
    30 january 2017 16:41:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The peaceful transfer of power in The Gambia and the role played by the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) dominated the opening session of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on Monday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Guinean President assumes AU Chairmanship
    30 january 2017 11:52:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Guinean President Alpha Conde has assumed the rotational Chairmanship of the African Union (AU) during a Summit dedicated to the election of a new Bureau of the Union and the leader of its Addis Ababa-based AU Commission, PANA reported on Monday.Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU, IGAD urge cessation of hostilities in South Sudan
    29 january 2017 21:36:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN, the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Sunday reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union Summit considers new financing roadmap
    29 january 2017 14:38:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders gathered for a special retreat ahead of their main official Summit to discuss a raft of proposals on how to raise funds for peacekeeping and development programmes approved by the organisation, PANA reported on Sunday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kenya agrees to redeploy troops to UN mission in South Sudan
    29 january 2017 10:34:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Kenya has agreed in principle to redeploy troops to the UN Mission in South Sudan following its decision in November last year to withdraw nearly 1,000 troops serving in its mission there, a senior official said Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit to make huge Ebola statement with new disease centre
    28 january 2017 19:13:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit is due to make a huge statement of the its preparedness to handle future health emergencies with the launch of the African Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to deal with outbreaks of epidemics affecting humans and animals, officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit leaders impressed at growth of democracy in Africa
    28 january 2017 19:06:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders met for the first time on Saturday in several months to review the progress of democracy in five member states taking part in the good governance platform, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which got a new boost with Namibia’s membership. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Leaders arrive for AU Summit to discuss youth progress
    28 january 2017 19:00:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders are arriving in Addis Ababa, the venue of the 28th Heads of State Assembly, where the discussions about the future of the African youth is expected to take place amid concerns the radicalization of the youth and the flight of Africa’s best trained experts pose risks. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU foreign ministers finally agree on mass pullout from ICC
    27 january 2017 18:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers have agreed to a plan for pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and immediately begin work on local justice mechanisms, saying The Hague-based court, offered little chance of advancing justice in the continent, PANA reported Friday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Saharawi agrees conditional peace negotiation with Morocco
    27 january 2017 17:17:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saharawi Republic, which has been protesting the illegal occupation of its territory, has declared readiness to negotiate an end to its conflict with Morocco on condition that the African Union Summit underway here pushes Rabat to unconditionally leave the territory it occupies. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends AU Summit in Addis Ababa
    27 january 2017 08:55:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has departed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), which begins on Saturday. The event is being held under the theme, "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth." Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC releases blueprint for Africa ahead of elections
    26 january 2017 11:21:17
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - With five days before African Union (AU) heads of state vote to elect a new chairperson, SADC’s endorsed candidate has released her blueprint for the continent.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Equatorial Guinea’s corporate technocrat who wants to fix the AU (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    26 january 2017 05:58:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Agapito Mba Mokuy, Equatorial Guinea’s foreign minister, seeking support to capture Africa’s most influential diplomatic post, has evaded fame despite the growing diplomatic stature that has come with his country’s active involvement in continental affairs. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia lobbies for its candidates for AU position at AU summit
    25 january 2017 15:49:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, who is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, introduced two Zambian candidates vying for two positions at the African Union. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission shocked by death of Cameroonian military personnel in copter crash
    24 january 2017 11:51:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Dlamini Nkosazana-Zuma said on Tuesday that she has been deeply saddened by the news of the tragic helicopter crash involving General Jacob Kodji and other senior military personnel of the Cameroonian Defence Forces, near the village of Bogo in northern Cameroon on Sunday. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC's AU candidate intensifies campaign
    24 january 2017 07:19:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s foreign affairs minister and candidate of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the African Union (AU) chairperson position, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, has intensified her campaign ahead of the election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Central Africa’s most accomplished diplomat takes aim at AU post (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    24 january 2017 06:34:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Moussa Faki Mahamat, the former Chadian Prime Minister, who is running for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) believes in style and substance. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan candidate for AU post winds up campaign in Guinea Bissau
    23 january 2017 19:01:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's candidate for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Amina Mohamed, was set to wind up her campaign in Guinea Bissau and Benin after visiting 50 other African Union member states, a Kenyan minister spearheading her campaign team said Monday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks funding for its overburdened mission in Somalia
    23 january 2017 17:47:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Funding challenges facing the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have prompted the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU to call for a high level meeting, involving the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), in order to explore modalities for addressing the problem.Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh makes off to facilitate power transfer to President Barrow
    22 january 2017 08:28:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Africa's mediators on the political impasse that had gripped Gambia, including the United Nations, have commended the "goodwill and statesmanship" of former President Yahya Jammeh who has temporarily left the country to facilitate an immediate peaceful and orderly transfer of power to President Adama Barrow.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU congratulates Gambia's new President Barrow
    20 january 2017 13:39:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Friday congratulated the new President of Gambia, Adama Barrow, on his assumption of the Presidency and called on all AU Member States as well as the larger international community to follow suit. Full text...

  • Kenya: Will Kenyan FM Amina Mohamed's charm offensive deliver the AU post? (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    19 january 2017 11:37:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s foreign affairs Minister and candidate for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), excites passion and criticism in equal measure for her rigorous approach to issues domestically, regionally and internationally. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission names new Special Representative in Liberia
    17 january 2017 17:59:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Tuesday appointed Ambassador Ibrahim Mbaba Kamara of Sierra Leone as Special Representative and Head of the AU Liaison Office (AULO) in Liberia. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission welcomes US lifting of sanctions on Sudan
    16 january 2017 08:40:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the lifting of economic sanctions by the United States on the Republic of Sudan, according to a statement issued on Monday by the Commission. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU tells Jammeh to hand over power to Gambian President-elect Barrow
    13 january 2017 16:37:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia's outgoing President Yahya Jammeh will cease to be recognized by the African Union (AU) as legitimate President of the West African republic as of 19 January 2017, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU declared Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU urges member states to pick reps to ECOSOCC Assembly
    08 january 2017 11:53:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In a bid to allow greater representation of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Permanent General Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union, the civil society community in all member countries have been asked to pick qualified candidates as soon as possible.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission welcomes political agreement on DRC elections
    04 january 2017 09:38:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the agreement reached by the Congolese political actors on 31 December 2016 with a view to holding free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Sudan: Joint Chief Mediator underlines reconciliation in Darfur conflict
    31 december 2016 12:31:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Emphasizing that there is no military solution to the conflict in Sudan's restive Darfur region, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has vowed to continue promoting reconciliation and peace initiatives.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU PSC extends mandate of AUHIP, underscores restraint in DRC
    26 december 2016 16:45:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has extended the mandate of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP) for 12 months with effect from 1 January 2017, according to an official communiqué released here Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU prepares launch of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
    22 december 2016 13:23:17
    Zanzibar, Tanzania (PANA) - Senior staff members of the African Union (AU) on Thursday were busy on the second day of their meeting in the Tanzanian offshore island of Zanzibar to complete plans and procedures for rapid response by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (AfricaCDC) . Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council welcomes AU recognition of Gambia's President-elect
    21 december 2016 20:43:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the African Union’s decision to recognize Adama Barrow as Gambia's President-elect and stressed the need for outgoing President Yayha Jammeh to transfer power to the President-Elect in peaceful and orderly manner. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chair supports ECOWAS decision on transfer of power in Gambia
    19 december 2016 19:11:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Chairman, President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad on Monday reaffirmed "the imperative need for an orderly and peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect of the Gambia, in line with the relevant provisions of the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance." Full text...

  • Somalia: AMISOM embarks on operation to rehabilitate HirShabelle State roads
    17 december 2016 17:15:17
    Jowhar, Somalia (PANA) - Burundi's contingent under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has embarked on an operation code named ‘Antelope’ to open up key supply routes in the HirShabelle state, the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC) said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU warns of tough measures after Yahya Jammeh’s poll trick
    10 december 2016 17:00:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has declared Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of the results of the 1 Dec. 2016 Presidential election as null and void and warned its Peace and Security Council would meet shortly to discuss the consequences of such a declaration. Full text...

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